JOPLIN, MO.--- Authorities have made an arrest in the assault of a woman last week in Joplin. Samuel Hughes, 24, is now charged with first degree assault. He was arrested Friday and taken to the Newton County Jail. Joplin police were called to a home at 3216 Grand around 1:30 Wednesday morning.
There, they found Amy Denney, 29, suffering from a serious head injury. She was taken to Freeman Health System, where she remains in critical condition. Authorities are still on the look-out for Mark Thomas, 28, of Diamond. He's wanted on 1st degree assault charges and armed criminal action. If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.
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